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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction to Giacomo LeopardiTranslator's Introduction: "Attempts and Preludes"Infinitive3Sunday Evening5To the Moon9Dream11The Life of Solitude17Sappho's Last Song23Chorus of the Dead27To Silvia31The Solitary Thrush35Memories39The Clam after the Storm49Saturday in the Village53Night Song of a Nomadic Shepherd in Asia57To Himself67The Setting Moon69Broom or The Flower of the Desert73

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Eamon Grennan has published three collections of poetry: What Light There Is & Other Poems, As If It Matters, and So It Goes. He has a degree in English and Italian from University College, Dublin, and a doctorate in English from Harvard University. A native of Ireland, he divides his time between there and Poughkeepsie, New York, where he is the Dexer M. Ferry, Jr., Professor of English at Vassar College.


Winner of the 1998 Poetry in Translation Award, PEN American Center "[Leopardi's] contribution to 19th-century European poetry second only to Baudelaire's ... there's plenty to be grateful for in this lucidly translated selection... "--Boston Review

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